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Friday, June 7, 2013

I like my job...

I like the Big Wheel & the SkyShot in the back ground
We bought a car, well a van actually. with just 85k miles it's the newest used car I've bought in 20 years... It's good to be able to drive to the store again. Having gotten the van my free time occupation of watching craigslist for a car has ended. As I'm sure every one knows the buying the car is just the first expense, even a cheap car. There is money to the state to get it legal, money to an insurance company because it's smart and another part of that legal stuff. Then there are the small parts....keys, a battery, cleaning supplies & wiper blades. On the bright side the tires are great!
There is one problem, I don't think we can tow it '4 down'.

Old cars. Way back some serious shopping would get you a $100 car that would last a year, when you could sell it for $100, those days are gone. $1000 is a good number today for something not totally worn out, rusted out, needing a blanket for a seat cover just to drive and leaving oil puddles.
Enough on used cars.

The best part of working on rides at an amusement park is the people. There are a lot of people involved with an amusement park, not just the people coming to play, an amusement park is a labor intensive place. One ride may have just one person, some have a helper or two and one ride requires 8 people all the time
The usual mix of folks at work with most being able to deal with the public well, a lot are workcampers (older) and another large group is high school/college kids. 

The guests are there to have a good time. A lot of kids, before school let out there were bus loads upon bus loads of middle school kids... all the different types of behavior you could ever hope to see. This last week has been families. I've been working on the Sky Car, it's hanging from a cable & it goes across the park, it doesn't stop so watching the kids get off is interesting. The 4, 5 or 6 year olds are the ones ... some are excited, a few are really nervous and most are intense at the coming event of stepping off a moving seat on to the ground.
They tell me the Sky Car was the one used at the World's Fair in Seattle.... I never thought of there being a market for used amusement park rides...

The other day after work & the home chores were done I had an hour before the park closed so I went to ride the sky car. I enjoy the ride.

The photos were all taken at 0730 on the 7th of June, 2013, most of the RVs are work campers.
 It's supposed to get up to 70 today.

 The newest used car


  1. Congratulations on your new to you van...it looks to be in good shape. Kind of makes me sad as my own van has been sitting there for three years waiting on me to afford a transmission :(

    Workcamping at an amusement park seems to be a lot of fun and when you enjoy doing something and get paid to do it...it is the best of both worlds.

  2. Congratulations on your new van. It looks to be in good shape.